Durga Navami, also known as Mahanavami, is the ninth and final day of the Navratri festival, celebrated by Hindus all over the world. This year, it will be observed on Monday, October 23, 2023. It is observed on the ninth day of the waxing moon in the Hindu month of Ashwin, which usually falls in September or October. The day is dedicated to the worship of Goddess Durga, who is believed to have defeated the demon Mahishasura on this day. Devotees offer special prayers to the goddess for strength and protection, and the day is marked by various rituals and customs, such as the reading of the Devi Mahatmya, and the performance of the Kanya Puja, where nine young girls are worshipped as a manifestation of the goddess. Durga Navami is considered to be an auspicious day and is celebrated with great devotion and enthusiasm.